USDA announced a public comment period on proposed changes to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Program.

USDA uses import licensing to administer the tariff-rate quota system for U.S. imports of dairy products.

The three most significant changes to the rule would be to:

• suspend the historical license reduction provision for an additional seven years. It currently expires with the beginning of quota year 2016.

• modify procedures for collecting licensing fees

• require electronic communications in the application, reporting and payment processes

Comments concerning this proposed rule must be received by Feb. 23, to be assured consideration. Comments may be submitted by email to For more information, contact Abdelsalam El-Farra, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, Sugar and Dairy Branch, Import Programs and Export Reporting Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720–9439; fax (202) 720–0876.

Visit to view a copy of the proposed rule.